There are many open source content management systems out there. But 3 CMS stands out. They are Joomla, Drupal and Mambo. When choosing a CMS, there are many factors to consider. So how does each CMS compare to the others?
Mambo CMS is one of the earliest open source software. It has an active group of developers that helps to keep the software up to date. However, over the years, Mambo has declined in popularity. The primary reason for the decline is that the code is becoming more and more complicated. As Mambo started very early, it does not have access to advanced technologies. So parts of its code is still primitive. Developers are finding it harder to work with Mambo. As a result, many switch to newer software like Joomla.
Joomla is becoming one of the most popular open source CMS. It has many powerful features. Some of these features include image galleries, SEO, shopping cart, and forums. Joomla's greatest strength is its ability to integrate commercial communities. If you are thinking of running an online community, Joomla would come highly recommended. Joomla is also one of the easiest CMS to pick up and use. Drupal, the next CMS that we are going to discuss, has a slightly steep learning curve.
Drupal's growth and development has been progressing steadily. There is a very clear growth path. The core system is very extensible, which means that there is a lot of room for further growth. Drupal is good for powering community based sites. Many of the tools that are incorporated with Drupal are meant for web communities. For instance, Drupal has a sophisticated system for handling user permissions. Compared to Joomla, Drupal wins hands down in this aspect. Many developers choose Drupal over Joomla because of clear documentation.
So how do you choose?
First, go to the official website for each CMS and browse the feature list. Make sure that the CMS has all the features you are looking for. If some features are missing, it means that you may have to install additional plugins, or hire developers to program the feature from the ground up.
Remember, very few webmasters can find all the features in a single CMS. Therefore, the best thing to do is to choose a CMS with the most number of available features and at the same time, ensuring that the platform is easy enough for future developments. For this reason, more and more developers are dropping Mambo. Drupal and Joomla are close competitors. In terms of features, Joomla has more. But in terms of ease of development, Drupal is the leading CMS. Choose the one that you are most comfortable working with.
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